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Embracing new technology is not easy. Is the wood packaging industry ready? The following comments from our industry thought leaders share on several areas of old and new technology, along with a little nostalgia. We reached out to all of our members and here is what they had to say in answer to the following questions: Q1: What ‘old’ technologies/equipment do you still use? Fax machine, dot matrix printer, walkie talkie, pagers, paper rolodex, etc? Q2: What modern day technology/equipment do you use (laptop computer, smartphone, paperless fax machine, electronic billing/invoicing, business software? Q3: Which new tools are your favorite toys that you or your business couldn’t survive without in today’s business environment? Q4: Which available new technologies, such as driverless vehicles, drones, robotics, 3-D printing, RFIDs or other, do you anticipate using for your business in the short term (1-3 years) or long term (3-10 years)?


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Q&A: Randy Panko, Blade Sales Manager, Wood-Mizer, LLC

Posted By Randy Panko, Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A1: We still use the fax machine to ensure that documents are received reliably. I also keep a notebook with me of current addresses, phone numbers, and my most immediate “things to do list” rather having all this info on an electronic device.

A2: Spending as much time as I do visiting sawmills, pallet mills and attending tradeshows, it is essential that I have my laptop, smartphone and GPS. Emails, reports and following daily sales are difficult without these convenient “toys.” Even though I use my cell phone as a GPS, I prefer my Garmin which is more visible in the vehicle, and user friendly.

A3: With global operations, we communicate via Skype. This allows us to keep in touch with our counterparts in Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. For travel, I use What’s App, Tango and Messenger to communicate with my family. For travel arrangements Delta, IHG Hotels and Lyft get a lot of my attention.

A4: This year Wood-Mizer invested in a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Batesville, Indiana. We used a drone to monitor and document the construction process which was later used as an educational/ informational video for our worldwide employees and the public. We also developed product videos and photo shoots using a drone. Our marketing and IT department utilizes “Slack” which is an internal communication tool where information, files and videos can be quickly shared without using up email or server space. It is a great communication and instant chat tool for staying up to date on the latest projects.

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